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While I love everything about my job, my favorite part is seeing the new titles as they come into the library. There’s nothing quite like a cart full of shiny, recently labeled books (oh, still my beating librarian heart)! I order many of the nonfiction books, which are sometimes stigmatized…

In 1729, English essayist Jonathan Swift wrote a piece that got folks really riled up. It was called “A Modest Proposal,” and with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek Swift wondered if the poverty problem incurred by the Irish might be solved if they sold their children to wealthy folks t…

Psalm 34 begins with these words: "I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips." The words came to mind last fall when I attended Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York City. I was just doing what I always do. I was taking in the sights and snapping a few photos.

As this long period of isolation eases, are you noticing your friends and neighbours have put on weight around their middles? How unfortunate it is if the coronavirus crisis piles on additional chronic health problems for individuals and society due to weight gain, or what has come to be kno…

Just recently, I’ve been wanting to take a vacation somewhere. We had to cancel a couple of trips within the past few months and I’m not sure when we’ll be able to get away, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start planning. At the very least it’s fun to look through some travel guides and dream …

We’ve lived here just shy of 34 years, yet I still don’t understand what it is about native-born Rhode Islanders who don’t like to drive very far. Going to Cranston often involves first a groan and then the act of bringing sandwiches along, and an evening at the theatre in Woonsocket seems t…

I could hardly believe my luck. It was the middle of the day. I turned the corner and began looking for a parking spot. I knew it wouldn’t be easy. All I wanted was one empty spot close to the restaurant. I was prepared to circle the block a couple of times if I had to. What I failed to anti…

It’s hard to believe, but summer is finally here, and many of us would agree that it’s the best time of year! After all, it means: trips to the beach, food on the grill, the end of the dreaded distance learning, and, of course, the start of library Summer Reading programs! We have been worki…

I remember when he drove it home for the first time. It was shiny, long, and painted in gleaming turquoise and white ... colors I had never noticed before on a car. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.

In the media as well as in TV shows and movies, pre-marital, or pre-nuptial agreements always seem to get a bad rap as the document that dooms marriages. We often see a fiancé who finds one in their partner’s things and is so taken back the marriage is called off.

I was going through some old notes. I often write down thoughts and sermon ideas on the memo pad on my phone. They get stored away until I go searching for something to preach on or to use as a subject for these weekly columns. I had a bit of a writer’s block this morning. So I went to the phone.

In last week’s column, you may have read about the recent changes in our library’s services that began on June 8. We are now open for limited services, including browsing materials and using computers/printers; these are all by appointment only. Our contact-free Library Takeout service has b…

It’s a Wednesday morning in the Assisted Living Community that I managed. There’s nothing exceptionally challenging on my agenda on this day and “God is in his heaven and all appears to be right with the world.” As I head down to one of our main activity rooms, I’m called into one of the sui…

Our state is beautiful, yet small. Our residents are bound by close ties of family and friendship. The downside to this familiarity is that these same ties provide fertile field for governmental favoritism, insider dealing and corruption.

What a relief to be outside after being isolated by the coronavirus. But beware! Warmer weather means that ticks are in the woods around you. Or even in your own back yard. A report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows a tick bite can trigger diverse and deadly consequences.

As Phase 2 of the Reopening Rhode Island plan continues, businesses and residents alike are excited to (cautiously) return to some semblance of normalcy after a very long and difficult few months. You can once again experience luxuries such as dining in a restaurant, having your hair cut by …

The package claimed that it contained freeze-dried scrambled eggs and bacon. I did a double-take. There was one with beef stew and another with pasta primavera. The one that caught my eye, though, was the freeze-dried ice cream sandwich. The package simply said, “No drip. No mess!” I laughed.

Often, we hear questions about the role and significance of Chambers of Commerce. “What does the Chamber do?” is a question that you might hear asked in a given community.

How can doctors diagnose and treat 425 million worldwide diabetes patients? That number keeps going up and up, projected to reach 700 million by 2045. There are millions more with undiagnosed prediabetes. Add more millions with undiagnosed hypertension. All these people are destined to lives…

It seems like film adaptations are all the rage lately. Honestly, though, I’m not sure there’s been a time that they haven’t been popular. Films based on books were first seen in the late-1800s, including “The Death of Nancy Sykes” (1897) and “Scrooge, or Marley’s Ghost” (1901), both based o…

His name was Cliff Oat. He was a member of my congregation. When I stopped by for a visit, he pointed out the bird feeder in his back yard. He told me how much joy the birds brought him and his wife, Nancy. He had his ornithology book as he pointed out the various types that flocked to his feeder.

Every year in recognition of Memorial Day, communities across our great nation honor the legacy of the men and women who served in our nation’s military and made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom. In the days leading up to Memorial Day, veterans’ organizations, along with Boy Scou…

The last few months have left many of us feeling shaken. Life can be more difficult and hard to manage when we are so strongly affected by things far outside our area of control. But one of the secrets to getting through difficult times is to focus more heavily on those areas of our lives wh…

What could you do if you sprained your ankle during the COVID-19 pandemic? Or if you suffer a bad cut? You may feel that the last place you want to visit these days is a hospital. But do you have options? Maybe it’s time to learn more about light therapy. It’s sometimes called low-level lase…

Everybody dreams of being on “Jeopardy!” one day, right? If you’ve ever thought about making that dream a reality, you’ve probably wondered how contestants prepare. Sure, some players may simply absorb information through everyday life and have a Slumdog Millionaire-like experience, but most…

Since the beginning of the pandemic I have been cooking breakfast for my wife, Lori, every morning. I don’t offer the full-service menu like you find at Olde Tymes Restaurant or Amanda’s Pantry. It’s been either fried eggs or pancakes. Sometimes, I add home fries, bacon or tater tots.

Every May at the Rhode Island State House, legislators, early care and education providers, parents, policymakers and members of the public come together to discuss challenges and advocate for resources to meet the needs of children and families.

Editor’s note: The South County Chapter of the League of Women Voters will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States this year in a series of monthly columns in The Sun. The amendment, which gave women the right to vote, b…

Readers rejoice! After two long months of closure and our books sitting sad and lonely, we are excited to announce a new service: Library Takeout! Beginning this week, you are once again able to borrow books, movies, music, and audiobooks, and pick them up at the library. Like so many things…

Recently, I was invited to work with a family on behalf of their father, who had a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s dementia. Two sons and a daughter were all on board with wanting and needing to know more about what dad was going through, would be going through, and what they would need to do to be…

I was in the grocery store. I tried to pull up my shopping list. I keep it on the memo pad on my phone. I was going to call Lori to see if she had anything to add. For some reason, it wouldn’t let me get on. I was getting a little aggravated.

Finding a new book to read can be a real challenge, especially if you suffer from FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) syndrome, like myself. If I’m not hooked within the first few pages, I start thinking “maybe I’m wasting my time and I would like another book better,” and often the anxiety is enough…

We know that Smokey Bear is the spokes animal for wildfire prevention, and many people are familiar with Sparky the Fire Dog and his messages about home fire prevention, but have you ever heard of Quinn the Quarantine Fox? Unlike Smokey’s longevity in the public eye, Quinn is new to the publ…

I love a bargain. When I received the flyer from Church Source, Harper Publishing Company’s Christian division, I was right on it. It featured several popular devotionals at heavily discounted prices. I scrolled through the offerings and saw several I liked. There was one called “Devotions f…

I’m conflicted this week. Don’t have any one topic on which to riff, so I’ll just let you know what’s been running through my head during morning yoga practice or when I’m out on the local country roads doing miles.